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Kansas City - September 27, 2012

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Several microphones were brought in for a comparison shootout. The mics provided were:
Audio-Technica AT2050
Audio-Technica AT8022
Carvin CM87S
DPA 4006
Earthworks SR30
Lawson L47
Microtech Gefell UMT70S
Neumann KM140
Neumann KM143
Neumann U87ai
Schoeps MK2
Sennheiser MKH40
Superlux CMH8C

While not a scientific setup with all factors being equal, the test was to provide a general comparison of the various mics. The first test was a general noise comparison. With the console channel gains all being set to roughly the same settings, the monitors were turned way up to hear the relative noise of the various mics. The results surprised most of us.

A piano, baritone sax and alto sax were used as sound sources to hear the coloration of the mics. Again, even in a non-scientific setting, some mics were preferred on the piano while others were preferred on the alto, and still others were preferred on the bari.

Bob Beck recorded all the mics for later listening and made file copies available.

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